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ELI LOPEZ

ELI LOPEZ Eli "Lee" A. Lopez, 81, passed away Friday, March 14, 2013, in Las Vegas. Mr. Lopez was born May 28, 1931 in Arboles, Colo., on the family ranch, to Margarito and Theodorita Lopez. He grew up in Arboles on the ranch. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1951 and served for three years. Upon his discharge he worked in road construction all around the southwest United States. It was during that time that he met Lupe Cruz while working in the Flagstaff, Ariz. area. They were married in 1956 in Flagstaff. The young family moved to Las Vegas in 1961. Lee continued working with the Operating Engineers Union Local 12 until his retirement in 1982. Lee also operated his own business in Las Vegas from 1976-1982 in road construction. He spent his retirement years commuting between his homes in Las Vegas and Arboles. Lee was a workaholic. He enjoyed his work and projects on his ranch. Due to poor health in his later years, he enjoyed the views from his screened-in porch in Arboles. He was preceded in death by a son, Bill Lopez (formerly of Las Vegas); brothers, Tony, Dan and Richard Lopez; and sisters, Florence Vallejos and Angelina Barela. Lee is survived by his wife, Lupe Lopez; children, John Lopez of Las Vegas, Gloria Lopez of Las Vegas, and Eli Lopez of Arboles; siblings, Elisida Enriquez of Durango, Colo., Manuel "Rudy" Lopez of Anchorage, Alaska, and Pete Lopez of Arboles; grandchildren, Patricia, Steve, Joanna, Leanna, Tony, Leah and Shana; and several great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, March 23, at St. Peter - St. Rosa Catholic Church in Arboles. Burial will follow at 12:30 p.m. at Rosa Cemetery in Arboles.

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